How to Find the Full-Text of An Article
Once you find a citation in an online database, follow these steps to locate the full text of the article.
Note: Many library databases offer full text of articles in addition to citations and abstracts. If an article is available in full text you should notice a PDF icon or HTML full text button that links to the full text of the article. If there is no link present, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open a new browser window or write down the citation information for the article including author(s), article title, journal title, volume, issue, publication date, and page number(s).
Step 2: On the University Libraries’ home page (http://library.gmu.edu) click on the E-Journal Finder ("E-Journals" tab in the green box). Enter the title of the journal and then click the Submit button. Make sure that you are searching with the title of the journal, not the title of the article itself. The E-Journal finder and library catalog only index the actual journal titles.
Step 3: Check the dates to verify that the date you need is available. Click the link that has the dates you need.
Step 4: Use the citation information to locate the article in the E-Journal. Remember, each database organizes the information differently. Look for the volume number or the date you need. Some databases put older issues in an Archive.
If the journal or date you need is not in the E-Journal Finder
- Search for a print copy of the journal in the George Mason University Libraries Catalog
- Search the WRLC Catalog
- Order the article from InterLibrary Loan
For more assistance with finding full text articles, Ask a Librarian.